We often point out that IT skills in big data and analytics offer a potentially lucrative career path. One segment where that's becoming evident: machine-to-machine (M2M) systems.
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Automated communication of data between systems and devices, aka M2M, is the underlying concept for the much-hyped Internet of Things (IoT). The hype is extreme, but that doesn't mean there isn't actual work to be done. A study commissioned by Vodafone and conducted by Ovum suggests the overall M2M market in Australia was worth $200 million last year, a figure that's expected to rise to $530 million by 2019.
More usefully for developers and other IT pros, the proportion of that figure that will come from application development and integration is going to become much larger. "M2M is not a simple dumb pipe," Vodafone's Asia-Pacific M2M director Niklas Erlav commented at the report's launch. "You need to surround the connectivity with additional services."